Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Finished three three-page papers within five days

The fifth day of my Spring Recess is almost over. I have finished three papers with total ten pages. They are the last two anthropology papers and the extra paper for the art history class. I did not plan to write the extra one. However, since I went Rubin Museum of Art this Monday by change and was impaired by the art of the Himalaya regions, I decided to write a museum report of it. I have met a free tour in the museum, so I picked two items the guide explained to be the main material of my paper. I did not feel this kind of writing is tough task; in fact, I rather enjoy doing it.

I’ll have a two-day trip to Boston tomorrow with Yujun. She is arranging the trip and booked bus tickets and hotel already. We will departure from the Grand Centre in New York and arrive Boston around noon in the tomorrow and leave here at 5 pm in the day after tomorrow.
This is my first time self-travel in U.S. I have traveled with travel agencies twice; that experience is not bad although far from wonderful.

This time, Yujun and I have collected many information of the city. I think we will mostly stay in the downtown, visiting museums and parks for we do not have much time. I also wish we can have good foods here. I always love good foods.

Yujun is a new friend of mine. She is neither my classmate nor coworker, but I knew her from my other friend. While that friend faded out from our lives, Yujun and I become closer. We have hung out several times this year, and there is absolute no any negative feeling between us. I am happy I have a friend as her. Only twenty-four years old, she is going to gain her master degree soon. Her personality is a little bit quiet but rather talent and thoughtful. I appreciate her inviting me to be her partner to travel this time. Also because she is my partner, I have full confidence that this trip will be successful.

When we come back, there are only two days leaving of the Spring Recess. I doubt I would have time to write a good journal for this spring trip.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

planing for spring break

I got 92 on the mid-term exam of Chinese 360. I thought I would get an A+ before, but now I got an A-. I guess Professor Sukhu doesn’t like me very much although I do like him so much.

Spring break is coming. I will use the nine days primarily to do three jobs about my study. First, finish the last two essays of Anthropology 200; second, finish the second extra response paper of history 200. For the three papers, including reading articles, writing drafts, and revising, I believe six days is the minimum time cost. Last, I will prepare the final essay questions of Anthropology 200; for this, I am not sure how much time I will spend. I wish I could finish these jobs as quickly as possible, so I will have time to hang out with my friends and enjoy the nice spring weather.

Friday, April 04, 2008

My museum report

I got 94 on the midterm exam of Art History 277, Buddhist Art. I am happy about this grade. The next thing I have to do is to write a good museum report in order to earn 35% of the final grade in this course. I spent an afternoon to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and took note as my professor suggested. However, I have to say my notes are rather poor and random since I don’t know how to judge real valuable information for my use from such a huge museum. Base on my note I finished my first draft and discussed it with my tutor. Since this is my first time to write a museum report, what I am doing is listing many images I saw in the museum base on the historical order. However, my tutor told me, because it is a relatively short paper, four pages, it is better that I focus on two images, contrasting and comparing them. She said that I should give exhausted description and analysis on the two. Although I really think she is right, do I have enough time to do what she said now that means to write a new paper but not revise my current paper. I talked this issue with my husband, he suggested me keeping my original idea. My husband always has full confidence to me. He said I designed my paper for my reasons that should make sense too. I agree with him and decide to revise my paper only.